Grade 7, 8, and 9 Retreats - Please contact your son's Religion Teacher or Mr. Paul Legge for further information. These retreats are compulsory and are held on Vancouver College's campus.
The Grade 7 Retreat, "Servant and Friend," encompasses many topics that affect boys coming into Middle School, some of whom are coming from other schools. The day begins with a prayer and some icebreaker games. We also discuss and share thoughts about the importance of inclusion and respect for others with a focus on learning to see all sides of an issue before making a decision in life. The mid-day component looks at the life of Blessed Edmund Rice followed by a few team building activities. The afternoon continues with a look at how we can be a friend and servant to all members of our community while trying to create a brotherhood here at Vancouver College.
The Grade 8 Retreat, "One in the Spirit," begins with a prayer, some icebreaker games and a closer look at the mass. Following the introduction the boys participate in an activity that focuses on the sacredness and value of life. This is followed by an activity focusing on bullying and ways to overcome and prevent bullying. The mid-day component looks at the qualities of a good friend and the importance of nurturing and valuing friendships. The afternoon focuses on each student's unique physical and spiritual gifts followed by a reflection on their Confirmation. The day ends with a look at Catholics around the world and some team building activities.
The Grade 9 Retreat, "Who Do You Say That I Am," focuses on the student looking at his inner self. The day starts with activities that look at self-esteem and ways to improve ones self-esteem. A number of speakers from within the school and outside of the school discuss and share information with the boys about of the "temptations” that they might face during these adolescent years having to do with drugs & alcohol and sexuality. Ms. Beck provides some information on stress and anxiety and provides students with some excellent resources for them to use if needed. The afternoon focuses on the student's sense of self-worth and the topic of vocations as well as a brief discussion on careers and career choices.